Mental Health Referrals and Support

Currently, the Purdue University Northwest Counseling Center is not available for in-person sessions due to COVID-19. Subsequently, below is a list of resources, information on ways to cope during this pandemic.

The Purdue University Northwest Counseling Center recognizes that during this time of change many may feel uncertainty and fear along with a host of other emotions. There may be concerns that affect your decisions about how to best manage your health and the health of those around you. In an effort to support you we have drafted a list of coping techniques and support resources to manage stress and anxiety.

Additionally, as updates continue to emerge regarding COVID-19, Purdue University Northwest is monitoring the situation and meeting regularly to review local, state and national health agency reports and assess preparedness plans. Please regularly review the COVID-19 Information website from Purdue University Northwest to learn of any updates here.

  • Keep things in perspective. It is totally ok and normal to have some worry about COVID-19 however keeping things in perspective can help to manage this. The fact that coverage is increasing on this issue does not necessarily mean that it presents an increased threat to you or your family. Often anxiety increases when we face new or unknown challenges. All of us have experienced a new or unknown challenge thus we are not alone in this. Reflect on what you have done in the past to support you in times like this and share supportive and resilience building resources with each other via phone and video calls. For a podcast on managing anxiety, visit here.
  • Manage information sources and get the facts. Looking for reliable fact-based sources and decreasing engagement with fear-based sources. It is helpful to adopt a more analytical approach as you follow news reports about the coronavirus. You will also want to verify information that you receive from family, friends or social media. A few options are:
  • Communicate with your social support system and promote hope between each other. Focusing on routines, schedules and preparedness plans can help decrease distress. Fostering a sense of normality and providing a valuable outlet for sharing feelings and relieving stress. You can maintain these connections without increasing your risk of getting the virus by talking on the phone, texting or chatting with people on social media platforms. Feel free to share useful information you find on government websites with your friends and family. It will help them deal with their own anxiety.
  • Seek additional help when necessary. Individuals feeling they are in crisis during this time can reach out crisis support services. Utilizing online and call-in options helps to reduce exposure. Please review below list for options. If you are feeling you are in immediate danger or crisis calling 911 is an option.
  • Practice Patience and be kind. Many are experiencing stress during this time and a little extra patience and kindness can go a long way. Using skills from mindfulness and meditation practices along with reminding yourself that people are working to respond to concerns as quickly as possible may be helpful. (Adapted from the American Psychological Association. )
  • Counseling Center’s Mental Health Resource page – includes on and off campus resources, crisis hotlines contact info and helpful apps and websites to explore. Please visit here to see a list of resources and their contact information or websites.
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline – also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service. They are a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, substance use and information service, in English and Spanish.  More information about their services can be found here. They can also be reached via phone at 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889.
  • NAMI HelpLine – National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. More information can be found here. They can also be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. –6 p.m., ET. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones and best practices for professionals. Contact them by calling (800)273-TALK (8255). More information can also be found here.

We recognize that some students would prefer to meet with a community provider during this time. Many mental health providers are using Telehealth in compliance with social distancing to prevent transmission of the virus. If that is the case we encourage you to seek the services that fit your needs. If you need to find services in your hometown there are several options.

  • Requesting support from your insurance company to find an in-network provider list and understand what services may be covered is a way to get started.
  • APA’s Psychologist locator tool can be accessed here.
  • Psychology Today’s Find a therapist tool can be accessed here.

Adapted from Amber Mosley: clinical services at Valparaiso University.

Referral List for Mental Health Services by County in NWI and South Suburban Chicago

Contact your local health insurance to locate covered providers within your network.

Lake County, Indiana

Regional Health Clinic
559 State Street Hammond, IN 46323
219-937-3300
Provide services on a sliding fee scale, cash, credit, Medicaid, Medicare and commercial insurance

Edgewater Systems for Balanced Living
1100 West 6th Avenue Gary, IN 46402
219-885-4264

Regional Mental Health Center (Has Multiple Locations)

5900 Hohman Avenue
Hammond, IN 46320
219-931-0427

2600 Highway Avenue
Highland, IN 46322
219-972-0131

1441 East 84th Place
Merrillville, IN 46410
219-794-2000

7783 E. Ridge Road
Hobart, IN 46342
219-795-8660

LaPorte County, Indiana

Swanson Center

1230 State Road 2 West
LaPorte, IN 46350
219-362-2145

224 West 400 North
Michigan City, IN 46360
219-879-4621

Psych Consults
809 Jefferson Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350
219-898-5646

Porter County, Indiana

Porter-Starke
601 Wall Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
219-531-3500

Family Concern Counseling
2004 Valparaiso Street
Valparaiso, IN 46383
219-477-5646

Duneland Counseling Center
215 West Indiana Avenue
Chesterton, IN 46304
219-921-0705

Southside Of Chicago

Pillars
8020 West 87th Street
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
708-745-5277

Grand Prairie Services Behavioral Healthcare
450 West 14th Street
Chicago, IL 60411
708-503-1218

Chicago Heights Community Health Center
1536 Vincennes Avenue
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
877-692-8686

Crisis Resources

Northwest Indiana Crisis Center Hotline: 1-800-519-0469
National Suicide Prevention Crisis & Talk Line: 1-800-273-8255 (English) 1-877-784-2432 (Spanish)
Crisis Text Line: 741741